Antique collecting

January 4, 2011

People throw out the most amazing things in hard rubbish.

I’m pretty sure this is Chippendale. The workmanship, the quality of the timber… it’s unmistakeable, really. And with a little bit of polish, the rich mahogany grain was as-new again, as dark and lustrous as the day it was felled in Honduras perhaps 200 years ago.

Befitting its proud heritage, I’m going to keep records in it. And pop my priceless Ming vase collection on top.



  1. Yep, this will bring you fame and fortune. You WILL be that bug-eyed person on Antiques Roadshow going, “Seven thousand pounds?! Well I never!”

    • Oh no, it’s far too precious and fragile to travel to one of their field days. Besides, people would follow me home so they could STEAL IT.

  2. wow, that’s fantastic find.

    • Isn’t it, though? And the Curmudgeon is OVER THE MOON about the addition to the household.

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